NEW PROJECT RELEASE: Student housing offers potential to help ease affordibility crisis
media release 11.06.17

NEW PROJECT RELEASE: Student housing offers potential to help ease affordibility crisis

Purpose built student housing (PBSH) has the potential to inspire a new form of Go Get or Uber-style accommodation helping to ease the nation’s housing aff rdability crisis, a leading Sydney architect said today.

Allen Jack + Cottier (AJ+C) Director Michael Heenan said new models of student housing being designed and built across Australia could be adapted for a significantly broader range of purposes – helping to meet the needs of a growing number of Australians squeezed out of the housing market.

“AJ+C has been exploring ways in which student housing models can be reimagined as innovative and successful new forms of affordable housing – an experimental Go Get or Uber style model if you like of collaborative consumption,” Mr Heenan said.

Accelerating and ongoing demand for student housing across Australia has seen it emerge as a major property sector growth area. In recent months alone, AJ+C has completed a range of projects for students and universities across Australia. These included two Urbanest buildings in Darling Harbour,

the fi rst opening earlier this year and the second due for completion by year’s end, along with student accommodation from Perth and Kalgoorlie in WA to regional NSW. “By its very nature, student housing is designed to be flexible, adaptable, affordable and sustainable – lending itself in our experience the potential to be reinvented for other markets.

NEW PROJECT RELEASE: New home for world-leading library opens in Sydney
media release 19.05.17

NEW PROJECT RELEASE: New home for world-leading library opens in Sydney

A flexible new building designed by Sydney architects Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C) to accommodate one of the world’s most significant collections of religious texts and the nation’s oldest theological college has opened in Sydney. Officially unveiled today, the Moore Theological College Learning and Teaching Centre at 1 King Street Newtown is carefully designed to house a combined collection of more than 119,000 published works – including some of the rarest religious texts in existence.

AJ+C Project Director Mark Louw said the fi rm and College had collaborated to create a striking, sandstone and glass building optimising the campus’ prominent corner site and creating an immediately recognisable new gateway to the city’s inner west. “For so many years the College was rendered almost invisible because of the low-key nature of their existing buildings,” Mr Louw said. “The Learning and Teaching Centre aims to boost the College’s profi le, and transform its already highly regarded public library into an internationally recognised and accessible facility to support higher education and research.”

Designed over six levels above ground and one below, the building accommodates a 430-seat lecture theatre cum hall, 222 reflective study spaces, 100 collaborative study spaces, eight tutorial rooms, and offices for all faculty space in the one building.

“It was critical the building sensitively manage Australia’s oldest library of this kind, including books transported on the First Fleet and the country’s leading collection of resources for the study of religion – particularly Christianity and Judaism but increasingly Islam, Aboriginal spirituality and other religions.”

NEW PROJECT RELEASE: New AJ+C designed tennis centre opens in game, set and match for Blacktown
media release 26.08.16

NEW PROJECT RELEASE: New AJ+C designed tennis centre opens in game, set and match for Blacktown

The latest in a series of sporting facilities designed by award-winning firm Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C) is to be opened in Western Sydney – allowing the ‘sporting city’ of Blacktown to compete for and host major regional tennis tournaments for the first time.

Launched tomorrow, the facilities include extensions to the existing Blacktown Leisure Centre Stanhope (doubling its indoor courts from two to four and creating additional services), a new two-storey tennis centre and 16 outdoor courts, including a centre court with permanent seating for more than 360 spectators.

Commenting on the design, Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali said: “I was extremely keen, as was my predecessor, to have a full centre court. The way AJ+C has delivered this, with the building looking on to it and featuring a series of ‘corporate boxes’ overlooking it, gives the space a fantastic ambience. The way this area then flows through to the existing and new facilities make this the jewel in the crown for the city’s sporting assets.”

Goolagong-Cawley opens Blacktown Tennis Centre

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